Today, the 25th of May, 2014, marks the end of a great era. The era that is the reign, of the 12th president, over Great Lebanon.
Today is the day فخامة الرئيس العماد ميشال سليمان leaves the presidential palace, and comes back to the town that has loved him long before he became president, long before he became general, that has loved him long before he made the decision that he wanted to serve the country. Today is the day he comes back to Amchit.
Who is he? He is a husband to a beautiful well-respected well-known lady, Wafaa. Together, they gave birth to three successful children, and together, from 2008 up until 2014, they took care of over three and a half million people all across Lebanon.
Graduate of the Lebanese University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Administrative Sciences, he joined the military and began serving his country at the age of 19, graduated from the military school as a 2nd Lieutenant, and worked his way up to eventually become the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces.
Awarded, honored, and well decorated with over 15 medals and recognitions, he went on and succeeded Former President, General Emile Lahoud, and became, himself the President of Lebanon.
Now that we’re done with introducing that great man, even though words would not be enough, I would like to say a few words of my own. To you, Mister President.
تحية طيبة وبعد،
You, Sir, have been sitting on that chair for the past six years, putting up with people’s nonsense and yet going.
You , Sir, have been listening to complaints from locals about how this country is going down the drain.
You, Sir, have been watching your own men, the people we’ve elected, betray their own country, their own people, and you bit your lip and held it together.
You, Sir, have been the tied up Iron Fist, wanting to put your foot down but not having the resources needed for it.
You, Sir, have wanted to do so much more to this country, but your hands were tied, and yet you kept on trying.
For that, Sir, I would like to say
Thank you, Mister President, for the last 6 years of your life, spent serving your country from a chair that has been contaminated by many.
Thank you, Mister President, for doing your best to cleanse that chair and give it back the honor and pride it really deserves.
Thank you, Mister President, for putting up with people’s criticism, people who think being President is an easy task, people who assume that they could do it any day, people who assume that they could be a better president, where the truth is that, they were not able to elect a proper senator, let alone be president.
Thank you, General, for the spending 41 years, putting your life at risk, putting your family at risk, to keep this country as safe as you could.
Thank you, General, for raising generations and generations, teaching them the true value of our beloved military’s motto – Honor – Sacrifice – Loyalty.
You have made Amchit proud, you have made Amchit beautiful. You have made Amchit what Amchit is today. Our municipality has its strength coming from you, its motivation coming from you. Our inspiration IS you.
Thank you, Mister President General, for being President General, Michel Suleiman.
عشتم، عاشت الديمقراطية، عاشت السيادة، عاش الشرف، التضحية، الوفاء، وعاش لبنان